Advanced Writing Certificate

Department of English, College of Arts & Sciences

Vision Statement

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Writing is designed for students interested in becoming more expressive, powerful writers of nonfiction prose. Students interested in securing publication of their writing are mentored in the publication process by the faculty.

The Advanced Writing Certificate is designed for the following students:

  • Writers interested in developing and publishing their creative nonfiction;
  • Graduate students in English and related fields;
  • Educators seeking writing-specific training and credentials;
  • Working professionals who either are currently employed or will be seeking employment as experts in written communication;
  • Individuals who work in community service organizations;
  • Individuals dedicated to cultural activities in the community.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Tracy Bridgeford, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)

Arts & Science Hall (ASH) 192


Program Website:

Application Deadlines:

Applications for this program are accepted on a rolling basis. All materials must be submitted prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student has elected to begin coursework.

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • One official copy of transcripts for ALL institutions previously attended
  • Application Fee
  • If English is not the language of nurture, official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam are required
    • 500 on the written TOEFL
    • 173 on the computer-based TOEFL
    • 61 on the internet-based TOEFL
    • 5.5 on the IELTS
    • 44 on the PTE
  • Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate courses related to proposed major

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree in English, or a related degree, with at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) GPA
  • Statement of Purpose (letter of intent)
    • The statement (of about 500-1000 words) should convey the applicant’s interest in creative nonfiction, previous study in the field of English, any relevant work or life experience, reason for pursuing a graduate certificate in Advanced Writing, and anything else that might help convey the applicant’s personality, spirit, or intellectual character.
  • If the applicant has been admitted to the MA in English program, an application fee and transcripts are not required.

Cert-ADWR Degree Requirements

Cert-ADWR Required Core Courses (9 hours):

Select 9 hours (3 courses) from the courses listed below:

ENGL 8826Autobiography

3 credits

ENGL 8846Travel Writing

3 credits

ENGL 8866The Modern Familiar Essay

3 credits

ENGL 8966Topics in Language and Literature

3 credits

ENGL 8850Sem: Spiritual Nonfiction

3 credits

ENGL 8870Seminar: Publishing Non-Fiction

3 credits

ENGL 8890Sem: Experiments in Creative Nonfiction

3 credits

Cert-ADWR Electives (6 hours):

Select 6 hours (2 courses) from the courses listed below:

ENGL 8800Seminar: Topics in English Language and Literature

3 credits

ENGL 8806English Internship

1 - 3 credits

ENGL 8816/JOUR 8816Digital Literacies for Technical Communicators

3 credits

ENGL 8836/JOUR 8836Technical Communication

3 credits

ENGL 8876/JOUR 8876Technical Editing

3 credits

ENGL 8806: with the University of Nebraska Press or other approved venue

TED 8410Improvement of Instruction: Special Topics

3 credits

TED 8616Teaching of Writing Throughout the Curriculum

3 credits

Public Administration:
PA 8520Seminar in Grant Writing

3 credits

Cert-ADWR Exit Requirements:

Portfolio Requirement

Students will assemble a portfolio representing their achievement in the five courses (15 hours) applied toward the Advanced Writing Certificate. The portfolio will contain at least one writing sample from each course and will be reviewed by the student’s advisor and one other graduate faculty member involved in offering courses approved for the Advanced Writing Certificate. As part of the portfolio requirement, each student will make an oral presentation to the reviewing professors. The website for the Advanced Writing Graduate Certificate contains a detailed description of the portfolio requirement and the deadlines for submission:

Total Credit Hours: 15